Lang Whitaker surveys the fans choices for this year's All-Star starters and finds them worthy. Whitaker particularly approves of the fans' choice of Gilbert Arenas over Vince Carter. Whitaker writes that Carter hasn't improved since his rookie year, now has a "brittle" body and doesn't do what All-Stars do: "takes it to the basket, creates contact, makes something happen". Still, some experts pick both Carter and Jason Kidd as reserves. Meanwhile, Dave D'Alessandro reports that Carter, who played like an All-Star Thursday, is not visibly upset about being passed by a more deserving Gilbert Arenas, and the Sez tries to find other distractions.
- Vince Starter? - Lang Whitaker - SLAM
- Terrible Trifecta - Dave D'Alessandro - NJ.com
- East All-Stars: Butler, Okafor, Deng ... or Lee? - John Hollinger - ESPN Insider
- Three Weeks & 15 Players Away - John Schuhmann - NBA.com
- Sussman Sez: Hotel California - Gary Sussman - New Jersey Nets
- NBA All-Star picks - SI.com